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apron was then attached to a recessed workbench, he even vacuumed out
his trouser turn-ups every evening before leaving work.

Étienne Delaune provided many designs for the much-admired decorative
arts of France under King Henry II, and he worked briefly as the king's chief
medallist at the Royal Mint in 1552, although he was dismissed from the
post, apparently over his wages, after a very short while.

However, Étienne continued working for the king and in 1556 he furnished
designs for Henry's parade armour, as I showed example of above. He took
up engraving around 1557, his first dated prints, twelve plates illustrating
the Old Testament and two designs for hand mirrors, appeared in 1561 .
Étienne made hundreds of ornamental designs for jewellery and pictorial
engravings, noteworthy for their decorative nature and their technical
precision despite their often small size.

Apart from the above mentioned museums, examples of Etienne’s work can
be found in many museums and art galleries around the world in France,
Germany, Finland, USA, (the J. Paul Getty for one), and also in the
Hunterian museum and art gallery at the Glasgow University.

Étienne had a son Jean who was to follow in his father’s footsteps and it
is known that he was the designer of some of Étienne’s later works. Étienne
returned to Paris in 1580 where he died several years later

*Strasburg was a free city of the Holy Roman Empire, which after the
Reformation was mainly populated by Protestants. Augsburg was another
‘free city’, ‘and ‘The Peace of Augsburg’, proclaimed in 1555, allowed both
Protestants and Catholics to practice their religions without persecution.

Next month, Thomas, another noteworthy Delaune.

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